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Obama Has a New Cabinet Member You’ve Never Heard Of — Marianne Markowitz

[The Washington Post]

Marianne Markowitz
Marianne Markowitz

A couple weeks ago, Marianne Markowitz was serving on a small business advisory council for the city of Chicago and as the regional administrator for the Midwest bureau of the Small Business Administration.

Now, for the time being, she is serving on President Obama’s cabinet.

One week ago, without any fanfare, Markowitz stepped into the role of acting administrator of the SBA, a cabinet-level position, replacing Jeanne Hulit, who had held the position since September. And while Markowitz isn’t expected to hold her new title for long — lawmakers are currently vetting Obama’s formal nominee — she will spend at least a couple weeks as part of the president’s top circle of senior executives.

Markowitz becomes the agency’s third chief in the last six months. Karen Mills, Obama’s first-term administrator, resigned around this time last year but stayed in place until September, when she was replaced by Hulit, the latter of whom was expected to see the agency through its transition to a permanent replacement.

However, when the president nominated Californian Maria Contreras-Sweet to the post last month, Hulit quickly announced she would be leaving in February to join a bank in Maine — not giving the Senate enough time to confirm Contreras-Sweet. Hulit’s last day was Feb. 7, and the president has asked Markowitz to step up for the rest of the transition.

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